Tucked into the Northwest corner of the African continent, a desperate struggle for national recognition continues, largely overlooked by the outside world.
The people of the Western Sahara, the Saharawi, have suffered annexation, colonization, and occupation at the hands of a variety of malefactors, and their decades-long privation continues today.
As with other oppressed populations, the Saharawi have the misfortune of living on lands coveted by both their neighbours and marauding trans-national corporations, whose insatiable desire for mineral wealth has condemned the people to multi-generational exile.
Theresa Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and is a writer, photographer, and long-time activist who has traveled from the highlands of Mexico to the gates of Gaza and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women’s rights. Wolfwood has written for Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among others, and is local coordinator for Victoria’s Women in Black.
Terry is recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Western Sahara and will be presenting an illustrated talk relating her experiences at the Algerian refugee camps of the Saharawi.
‘Beyond the Veil of Sand: The Life of the Saharawi People in Exile and Under Occupation’ is this month’s feature at Cafe Simpatico, taking place this Friday, April 25th at 1923 Fernwood Road, in the heart of the Fernwood community.
Terry Wolfwood in the first half.
And; Passover in Palestine means even less passing over Israeli checkpoints. The added restriction of the holidays means most to Gaza’s captured population, dependent on the passage of goods and vital fuel supplies from Israel. With the hostile coup regime in Egypt tightening the Rafah crossing, and the tunnel economy in tatters, Gaza is more completely at the mercy of Israel than ever.
Jon Elmer is a Canadian freelance journalist and photojournalist specializing in the Middle East, and on Canadian foreign and military policy. Elmer has lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine for the better part of the last decade, while reporting too from more than a dozen countries from Nepal and Western Sahara, to the Basque country, and here in Canada. His articles and photographs are featured at the Journal of Palestine Studies, Le Monde diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English among others, and at his web site JonElmer.ca. Jon is also a contributor, with Anthony Fenton, to the book, ‘Empire’s Ally: Canada in Afghanistan.’
Jon Elmer and high holidays in the Holy Land in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Terry Wolfwood behind Western Sahara’s Veil of Sand.
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